Genesis – Women’s History



This website highlights research into women’s history. There is a database of where collections of such histories might be found in UK archives, museums & libraries. Also there is a guide to sources that may be found overseas. The website is maintained by the The Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University. Might be just the place to start your search for your female ancestors.




Genealogical Research Process




       This website is all about the research process something that confronts genealogists every time they embark on finding something out. I strongly recommend that you download the Genealogical Research Process Map and use it in your research. It is so simple when you see it laid out clearly, but not so simple when you are in the middle of trying to prove or disprove some nugget of ancestral information! Mark Tucker has certainly given a gift to the family historian.

Un-indexed data sets on Ancestry

Several other bloggers have written about this after Randy Seavers wrote a post about it. Randy got onto this little used area of Ancestry after an email from a reader of his blog Debbie Duay. Just goes to show how well the genealogical community works when someone finds something new 🙂

Apparently Ancestry has many databases that can’t be searched using the search box as they aren’t indexed. So how do you find them? ……………………..

This is a search I did on First access the Card Catalogue, there is a link on the front page of Ancestry. There are a heap of filters you can use down the left hand side of the page. When you click the filter that you want, I chose the date filter and the 1600’s, the main larger box brings up all the datasets that apply. There is a tick box at the top that can limit the search to UK & Ireland records only. 313 record types came up under the 1600’s search. Having had a quick browse I can see lots of records I didn’t know that Ancestry had and I am certainly going back to have a closer look. Perhaps it’s just me, but I haven’t given the Card Catalogue a look up till now. How many of these records aren’t indexed I can’t say as yet, but I report back on any I find.

I have noticed that some of the London Metropolitan Archives records that have recently been released aren’t indexed so need to be read page by page, however the ones I have searched have been arranged alphabetically. When I started doing genealogy there weren’t many indexed records and it was assumed that one would have to trawl through until you found what you were looking for (or didn’t find it as the case may be!). The bonus on working page by page is that you often pick up clues along the way and remember the indexing isn’t 100% so don’t ignore these unindexed datasets and do give the card catalogue a try.

Randy Seaver sets the question of how many datasets are on Ancestry that we don’t know about and a very good question it is too. There might be all sorts of treasures there that we just don’t know about. The bigger questions are:

Technorati Tags: Ancestry,family history,genealogy,unindexed,card catalogue

What I subscribe to…..

Following on from my previous posting about the How To sites I thought I would just outline which sites I use.

I subscribe to Ancestry if you click on the link and then decide to susbcribe I get a small payment that helps with the expenses of this site. However even if I didn’t get a commission I would still be recommending Ancestry.

I also use free BMD for the Civil registration indexes. I know they have them on Ancestry, but I find the Free BMD site easier to use.

The Familysearch site belonging to the LDS Church is essential to my research. I use it mainly for access to the IGI and then I always check the originals if I can. Exciting things are happening with the records in the Granite Mountain in Utah, they are digitising them and putting them online and the first fruits of this project can be found here.

I have used various computer programmes to store my data; Family Tree Maker (got fed up with all the updates), Master Genealogist (I’m told it is a great programme …. once you have learnt how to use it…………decided I rather spend my time on research!) and a few other odd ball ones. I then went back to one I had tried early one and that is PAF, it’s free to download, does what I want it to and I don’t need to spend forever reading a manual!! The link to it is one the main Family Search page at the lower right hand side.

I subscribe to the magazine Ancestors. I find it very readable, has a good mix of articles and keeps me up with all that is going on in the Genealogy scene.

I belong to the Society of Genealogists in London. What bliss to spend time in the library there on my rare visits to London. They are slowly putting some of their holdings online which will be great once they start on anything that is on the Berkshire shelves!!

I can recommend the Oxfordshire Family History Society transcript CD’s and also the Berkshire Family History Society ones as well. and

The National Archives site is wonderful for it’s catalogue, tutorials, documents online and podcasts. I am sure they are pages in their with wonderful info on them that I haven’t discovered yet !!

And last but not least I rather like browsing on the BBC Family History site

Well that’s it for now, hope you find it helpful.


Technorati Tags: genealogy,family history

See Where Your Ancestors lived, worked & played



400,000 images dating from the 1850’s of everything from Churches to cottages to phone boxes to barns. Great site for getting a feel where your ancestors lived, worked, played and perhaps ended up resting forever!!